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    Top Ten Favorite Reads of 2016

    I completed my Goodreads 2016 Reading Challenge by 148%, reading 37 of 25 books this year. Go me! I read a mixture of books this year including some highly anticipated new releases by my favorite authors, debut authors, independent authors, diverse authors and stories, and so on. I also completed my first audiobook and my first graphic novel. This year I really wanted to explore books that were outside of my usual picks (especially trying to read more grounded and contemporary fiction), and for the most part, I ended up loving every second. Without further ado, here are my Top Ten Favorite Reads of 2016.

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    Blood For Blood Release Blitz + Giveaway!

    I am so excited that BLOOD FOR BLOOD by Ryan Graudin releases today and that I get to share the news, along with an awesome giveaway!

    If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Ryan, be sure to check out all the details below.

    This blitz also includes a giveaway for 5 finished copies of book 1, WOLF BY WOLF! US only. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

    About The Book:

    • Title: BLOOD FOR BLOOD
    • Author: Ryan Graudin
    • Pub. Date: November 1, 2016
    • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
    • Format: Hardcover, paperback, eBook
    • Find it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Goodreads 

    The action-packed, thrilling sequel to Ryan Graudin’s Wolf by Wolf.
    There would be blood.
    Blood for blood.
    Blood to pay.
    An entire world of it.

    For the resistance in 1950s Germany, the war may be over, but the fight has just begun.

    Death camp survivor Yael, who has the power to skinshift, is on the run: the world has just seen her shoot and kill Hitler. But the truth of what happened is far more complicated, and its consequences are deadly. Yael and her unlikely comrades dive into enemy territory to try to turn the tide against the New Order, and there is no alternative but to see their mission through to the end, whatever the cost.

    But dark secrets reveal dark truths, and one question hangs over them all: how far can you go for the ones you love?

    This gripping, thought-provoking sequel to Wolf by Wolf will grab readers by the throat with its cinematic writing, fast-paced action, and relentless twists.

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    Waiting on Wednesday: Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy

    Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

    • Title: Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy
    • Author: Cassandra Clare
    • Expected Publication Date: November 15th, 2016
    • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
    • Read more at Goodreads.

    Synopsis: The New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling collection of short stories chronicling the adventures of Simon Lewis as he trains to become a Shadowhunter is now available in print for the first time with ten brand-new comic illustrations!

    Simon Lewis has been a human and a vampire, and now he is becoming a Shadowhunter. The events of City of Heavenly Fire left him stripped of his memories, and Simon isn’t sure who he is anymore. So when the Shadowhunter Academy reopens, Simon throws himself into this new world of demon-hunting, determined to find himself again. Whomever this new Simon might be.

    But the Academy is a Shadowhunter institution, which means it has some problems. Like the fact that non-Shadowhunter students have to live in the basement. At least Simon’s trained in weaponry—even if it’s only from hours of playing D&D.

    Join Simon on his journey to become a Shadowhunter, and learn about the Academy’s illustrious history along the way, through guest lecturers such as Jace Herondale, Tessa Gray, and Magnus Bane. Written by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman, these moving and hilarious short stories are perfect for the fan who just can’t get enough of the Shadowhunters.

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    Waiting On Wednesday: Wing Jones

    Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

    Wing Jones

    • Title: Wing Jones (The Heartbeats of Wing Jones)
    • Author: Katherine Webber
    • Expected Publication: January 5th, 2017
    • U.S. Expected Publication: March 14th, 2017
    • Publisher: Walker Books/Delacorte Books
    • Read more at Goodreads.

    Synopsis:Jandy Nelson meets Friday Night Lights in this sweeping, warm, arrestingly original novel about family, strength, and hope.

    Wing Jones, like everyone else in her town, has worshipped her older brother, Marcus, for as long as she can remember. Good-looking, popular, and the star of the football team, Marcus is everything his sister is not.

    Until the night everything changes when Marcus, drunk at the wheel after a party, kills two people and barely survives himself. With Marcus now in a coma, Wing is crushed, confused, and angry. She is tormented at school for Marcus’s mistake, haunted at home by her mother and grandmothers’ grief. In addition to all this, Wing is scared that the bank is going to repossess her home because her family can’t afford Marcus’s mounting medical bills.

    Every night, unable to sleep, Wing finds herself sneaking out to go to the school’s empty track. When Aaron, Marcus’s best friend, sees her running one night, he recognizes that her speed, skill, and agility could get her spot on the track team. And better still, an opportunity at a coveted sponsorship from a major athletic gear company. Wing can’t pass up the opportunity to train with her longtime crush and to help her struggling family, but can she handle being thrust out of Marcus’s shadow and into the spotlight?